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Reverse of a current British one pound coin



One pound coin

First issued

21 April 1983

Diameter

22.5mm

Weight

9.5 g

Composition

Nickel-brass (70% copper, 24.5% zinc, 5.5% nickel)

Edge

Milled

Key dates

1983

As a result of the inflation, it became apparent that the £1 unit of currency was more suited to being a coin than a banknote. A coin can remain in circulation for decades whereas, by the early 1980s, £1 banknotes were being used so intensively they lasted only a few months. To make the coin easily distinguishable, it was struck in a yellow-coloured metal – nickel-brass – and was made particularly thick. As for the design, a recurring five-year programme was instituted in which a design representing the United Kingdom as a whole was followed by a series of four designs representing the home nations.

2008

As part of a general re-design of the coinage, a definitive reverse design was introduced for the £1 coin. Henceforth this design – representing the United Kingdom as a whole – will be used every year while additional coins will be issued bearing designs for the home nations.

Design

Obverse

1983-1984
1985-1997
1998 to date

Designed by Arnold Machin
Designed by Raphael Maklouf
Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse

1983 1993 1998 2003 2008 Royal Arms – representing the United Kingdom as a whole

1983
1993
1998
2003
2008

Royal Arms – representing the United
Kingdom as a whole

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Eric Sewell

1984 1989 Thistle and royal diadem – representing Scotland

1984
1989




Thistle and royal diadem – representing Scotland

Edge – NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT

Designed by Leslie Durbin

1985 1990 Leek and royal diadem – representing Wales

1985
1990



Leek and royal diadem – representing
Wales

Edge – PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD

Designed by Leslie Durbin

1986 1991 Flax Plant and royal diadem – representing Northern Ireland

1986
1991



Flax Plant and royal diadem – representing Northern Ireland

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Leslie Durbin

1987 1992 Oak Tree and royal diadem – representing England

1987

1992



Oak Tree and royal diadem – representing England

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Leslie Durbin

1988 Shield of the Royal Arms – representing the United Kingdom as a whole

1988




Shield of the Royal Arms – representing
the United Kingdom as a whole

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Derek Gorringe

1994	1999Lion Rampant – representing Scotland

1994
1999




Lion Rampant – representing Scotland

Edge – NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT

Designed by Norman Sillman

1995 2000 Dragon passant representing Wales designed by Norman Sillman

1995
2000



Dragon passant – representing Wales

Edge – PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD

Designed by Norman Sillman

1996 2001 A Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower in the centre surrounded by an ancient Torc – representing Northern Ireland

1996
2001




A Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower in the centre surrounded by an ancient
Torc – representing Northern Ireland

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Norman Sillman

1997 2002 Three Lions passant guardant – representing England

1997

2002



Three Lions passant guardant
– representing England

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Norman Sillman

2004 The Forth Railway Bridge inside a border of railway tracks – representing Scotland

2004





The Forth Railway Bridge inside a border
of railway tracks – representing Scotland

Edge – Decorative pattern
symbolising bridges and pathways

Designed by Edwina Ellis

2005 The Menai Bridge inside a border of railings and stanchions – representing Wale

2005






The Menai Bridge inside a border of railings and stanchions – representing Wales

Edge – Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways

Designed by Edwina Ellis

2006 The Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge inside a border of railway station canopy dags – representing Northern Ireland

2006






The Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge inside a border of railway station canopy dags – representing Northern Ireland

Edge – Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways

Designed by Edwina Ellis

2007 The Gateshead Millennium Bridge with a border of struts – representing England

2007






The Gateshead Millennium Bridge with a border of struts – representing England

Edge – Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways

Designed by Edwina Ellis

2008-13 Shield of the Royal Arms – representing the 			United Kingdom as a whole
2008-13






Shield of the Royal Arms – representing the United Kingdom as a whole

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Matthew Dent

2010 The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Belfast being the principal focus

2010

The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Belfast being the principal focus – representing Northern Ireland

Edge – PRO TANTO QUID RETRIBUAMUS

Designed by Stuart Devlin

2010 The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of London being the principal focus– representing England

2010






The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge
of London being the principal focus
– representing England

Edge – DOMINE DIRIGE NOS

Designed by Stuart Devlin

2011 The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Cardiff being the principal focus – representing Wales

2011

The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Cardiff being the principal focus – representing Wales

Edge – Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN

Designed by Stuart Devlin

2011 The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Edinburgh
2011

The badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Edinburgh being the principal focus – representing Scotland

Edge – NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA

Designed by Stuart Devlin

2013 A daffodil and leek – representing Wales
2013

A daffodil and leek – representing Wales

Edge – PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD

Designed by Tim Noad

2013 A rose and sprig of oak – representing England
2013

A rose and sprig of oak – representing
England

Edge – DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Designed by Tim Noad

Edge Inscription

Translation

DECUS ET TUTAMEN

An ornament and a safeguard
from Virgil's Aeneid

NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT

No one provokes me with impunity
The Motto of the Order of the Thistle

PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD

True am I to my country
From the Welsh National Anthem

PRO TANTO QUID RETRIBUAMUS

What shall we give in return for so much The Motto of Belfast

DOMINE DIRIGE NOS

Lord direct us
The Motto of London

Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN

The Red Dragon shall lead
The Motto of Cardiff

NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA

It is vain without the Lord
The Motto of Edinburgh

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